Nguyen Thu Trang, Country Head of Permanent Recruitment and Consulting Services at ManpowerGroup Vietnam, speaks at the seminar – PHOTO: MANPOWERGROUP VIETNAM
HCMC - Human resource experts and business owners shared their experience in recruiting highly skilled workforce at a seminar jointly held by ManpowerGroup Vietnam and the French-Vietnamese School of Management on January 16.
According to ManpowerGroup, the war for talent has never cooled down, especially in the uncertain business environment. Talent that can adapt to the fast development of digital and technological transformation is increasingly difficult to find.
Given the recovery signals of the domestic economy, the recruitment market in Vietnam is gradually warming up with increasingly positive recruitment demand, especially for highly skilled workforce.
With practical sharing and case studies from leading experts, the “Winning the War for Talent in Uncertain Times” seminar enabled participants to learn more about how businesses attract and retain talent in an uncertain future and competitive labor markets.
“The Future for Workers, By Workers: Making the Next Normal Better for All”, the latest survey by ManpowerGroup, showed that only a small proportion of the world’s population has been infected with Covid-19, but almost all (93%) will be impacted.
According to the “Vietnam Employment Outlook Survey in the New Normal” conducted by ManpowerGroup Vietnam in the second half of 2020, over 27% of interviewed employers reported that their business was negatively impacted by the pandemic.
However, Vietnamese employers indicated a positive hiring outlook, with some 35% of respondents expecting to see their hiring recover in the next six to nine months and some 21% foreseeing their hiring activities return to normal within a year.
Addressing the seminar, Nguyen Thu Trang, Country Head of Permanent Recruitment and Consulting Services at ManpowerGroup Vietnam, said, “This crisis is accelerating the demand for technical and soft skills that we have been tracking and predicting for some time. In times of rapid transformation and uncertainty, soft skills have become more important than ever for both workers and leaders.”
Trang cited communication, prioritization, adaptability, taking initiative, analytical thinking and relationship building as some of the typical soft skills.
Vu Thi Le Lan, an expert in consultancy, human resource transformation and organization, said that under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the unemployment rate has shot up. However, the shortage of skilled workers has been even more critical.
“Businesses should change their strategies and policies to retain and attract talent during this uncertain time. They should develop flexible strategies for manpower management, prioritize essential manpower management activities and identify and assign responsibilities to related parties,” she suggested.
According to Trinh Dinh Minh from PYS Travel, leadership and corporate culture are the key factors that help businesses overcome crises and changes.
“Right now, the leaders should proactively create flexible and quick response principles to help their businesses overcome the crisis safely and successfully. This is also the time for us to rethink about how people work and are recognized and awarded. Workers should be put at the heart of businesses, while businesses should be experts at taking care of their employees’ benefits and happiness at work. They should even play the role of an education consultant,” he said.
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